Idris Elba: There's no such thing as black James Bond

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It could be a black woman.

Idris Elba is one of the most buzzworthy actors in Hollywood (we've already given our two cents on why the award-winning Brit should star in everything) - and James Bond has been one of many characters fans have imagined him as. He followed Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moore and more in taking on the titular role.

Craig is now preparing to slip into Bond's tuxedo for the final time, bowing out at the end of his fifth turn as agent 007, 13 years after stepping into the role. Everybody would like to see them do something different with it. But the British actor believes that if a black James Bond is ever introduced, it should be based exclusively on merit, not colour.

"I would be interested in having a Bond character other than being a male", he mused in a video shared by Variety on Facebook.

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We don't really see that happening, but we like where his head is. "If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it's gone". Perhaps there is a middle ground to be reached where a woman or non-white actor could assume the 007 designation, but not be named James Bond. But no doubt there are prominent movie or TV actresses out there who could do something interesting with the character. I think he is probably a bit too "street" for Bond. After months of staying quiet, Daniel Craig finally confirmed he will be playing the character one more time, but where the franchise goes after that is anyone's guess.

He had previously told ITV's Lorraine that he detested the phrase "black Bond", adding: "We don't say "White Bond", we just say "Bond", so it suddenly becomes a black man and he's a "Black Bond".

Looks like Elba is on board for a drastic change with the character, particularly seeing a woman take on the role.